Monday, November 29, 2010

LONDON: Jazz Verse Jukebox

Sunday, December 12th, 2010, doors open 6.30pm, show 8pm, £7 (tickets only available on door)
Upstairs @ Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (Aka Ronnie's Bar),
47 Frith Street,

Join us as we celebrate an early Poetic Christmas, featuring Francesca Beard, Jacob Sam-La Rose, Agnes Meadows, West End Gospel Choir plus open mic for poets/singers.

London-based Francesca Beard was born in Malaysia. She performs poetry and runs workshops all over the world with the British Council. She’s been called ‘spine-tingling’ (Independent) and ‘The Queen of British Performance Poetry (Metro.) She is currently working on ‘London Tales’, an interactive story-telling platform for live and on-line participants with B3 Media, supported by The Arts Council, England. To find out more, please visit

Jacob Sam-La Rose’s poetry has been described as “fresh, vivid and masterly” (Poetry Book Society), “pensive and carefully structured” (Lauri Ramey, Director of the Center for Contemporary Poetry and Poetics, Los Angeles) and “wonderfully ironic” (Stephen Waling, The State of British Poetry). His poetry is grounded in a belief that poetry can be a powerful force within a community, as well as for individuals, particularly for young people and that it is possible to combine the strong audience connection/ immediacy of performance poetry with the rigor of traditional printed page poetry. His work has been published in ‘Identity Parade: New British & Irish Poets” (Bloodaxe), Penguin’s Poems For Love (Penguin), Red (Peepal Tree Press) and ‘I Have Found A Song’ (Enitharmon Press) among other anthologies and journals. Jacob is a poetry editor for flipped eye press, and is an advocate for positive impacts of web-based technology on literary, artistic and cultural practice and inter-exchange.

Agnes Meadows currently lives in London, and has been gypsying around the world since she was 15, making her home in places as diverse as Mexico, the Philippines, Australia and Turkey. Her poetry is a reflection of her urban experience, the things she has seen and felt both at home and overseas, in love and out of it. She has an established reputation on the Performance Poetry scene in the UK, and has toured both nationally and internationally, performing all over the world, most recently in Singapore and Malaysia. Agnes has been an adviser on Poetry for Channel 4 TV. She is also on the Board of Apples & Snakes, the UK’s premier poetry/spoken word organisation, and is now an Advisory Board member of the Austin International Poetry Festival. Agnes has written five books of poetry, entitled “You and Me” , “Quantum Love”, “Woman”, and “At Damascus Gate on Good Friday”, and “This One Is For You”, the latter published by Flipped Eye Publishing in November 2009. Agnes has also produced a CD of her poetry with music, called “Blues Shakin’ My Heels’.

THE WEST END GOSPEL CHOIR a dynamic choir which is made up of performers who have appeared in or are currently appearing in a variety of West End productions including:- WE WILL ROCK YOU, WICKED, DIRTY DANCING, THRILLER, JOSEPH, DANCING IN THE STREETS, JERRY SPRINGER, THE LION KING and LES MISERABLES.

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